Sidelined Nimes says Mapua needed his leadership in back-to-back heartbreaks

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Aug 16, 2015 01:19 PM
Nimes says Mapua needed a leader in back-to-back heartbreaks
LOST AND FOUND. Josan Nimes said Mapua needed someone to take responsibility during their heartbreaking back-to-back losses.

Mapua Institute of Technology stands just outside the top five after the first round in the 91st Season of the Men's Basketball Tournament, but they could very well be 6-3 instead of 4-5 if things have only gone their way in their last couple of contests.


Last week, Jose Rizal University’s Teytey Teodoro went berserk to obliterate the Cardinals’ 18-point lead in the last four minutes while last Friday, Colegio de San Juan de Letran’s Rey Nambatac caught fire in the endgame to thwart the season hosts’ upset bid.


Admitting that those games were Mapua’s to lose and they did so, team captain Josan Nimes told ABS-CBN Sports, “We had four or five games where we could've won, but we were unable to hold on.”


The Cardinals’ top gunner along with court general CJ Isit  were out of action for both the heartbreaking defeats due to a tweaked hamstring and dislocated elbow, respectively. Still, they were behind the bench and felt what their teammates felt as Nimes shared, “I'm hurting for them too. Just to experience what they went through.”


What hurts Mapua’s captain even more is it was him his team needed during those contests – not just his scoring to match Teodoro or Nambatac, but also his veteran leadership. “Nobody took the lead and said give me the ball or I'll make the stops. Nobody wanted to take responsibility,” he said.


According to Nimes, he could've forced his way into playing, but the coaching staff decided against it. “They didn't want to make it worse and want me to be perfectly healthy for the next round,” he said. Both the Cardinals’ top gunner and court general assured their school community that they will be good to go come the second round.


When that time comes, the Cardinals’ team leader promised that they will use what they learned from their heartbreaking defeats. “We'll just move on. We're still optimistic for the next round.”


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